cyanotype embroidery-1-wip

Do you remember making paper “sun prints” at summer camp? As kids we gathered flowers and leaves, placed them on sun-sensitive paper then exposed them to sunlight. I’ve done the same thing here, only on cotton fabric, and I love the result!

I’m using cyanotypes (the technical term for sun print) as a base for embroidery. It’s very free-form and improvisational, the perfect project for summer!

embroidered cyanotype on fabric

For my first experiment I used honeysuckle, buttercups, periwinkle, spruce and some mystery leaves. I’m embroidering with Sue Spargo variegated perle cotton floss and it’s sooo dreamy to stitch with!

I’ve already started a second piece and I’m brainstorming all of the ways I can use these in sewing projects. Would you like to learn more? Jump on my mailing list to hear about my latest projects.